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National Museums in Berlin
Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
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Monday, 2 November, 2020 - 00:00

The Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz – a federal authority – has a vacancy to fill at the Rathgen-Forschungslabor der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz for a Research Scientist (f/m/d, starting 1st February 2021, limited term (36 month). To be employed at 75 % (currently 29,25 weekly hours) in pay group (Entgeltgruppe) 13 TVöD (minimum 4.056.62 € gross wage without deductions for taxes and social insurance) depending on qualification.

The Rathgen-Forschungslabor (Rathgen Research Laboratory) is the scientific institution of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (National Museums in Berlin, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation). It is considered to be the oldest cultural heritage laboratory in the world and is named after the chemist Friedrich Rathgen, the first director of the chemical laboratory of the Royal Museums in Berlin. As a scientific institution of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, the Rathgen-Forschungslabor provides not only support and advice on issues related to conservation, art technology and archaeometry to the Berlin collections but also offers its services to institutions and organizations across the globe. The laboratory investigates museum objects of various materials, and conducts research on the preservation of historical monuments and archaeological sites.

In the frame of a project funded by the German Research Foundation the age-related color change patterns of white paper, by far the most common material in all paper collections, are investigated. For this purpose, the micro-fading test is used as the only available tool for the in-situ investigation of light aging in order to obtain a differentiated understanding of the light-induced color changes of different white paper materials. Compliance of the applicants degree with the doctoral degree regulations of the Faculty provided, the candidate can use the research project to earn a PhD at the Technische Universität Berlin, Energie- und Automatisierungstechnik, Fachgebiet Lichttechnik (Technical University Berlin, Energy and Automation Technology, Department of Lighting Technology).

• Development of a robust „micro-fading test" method within the scope of the project for the examination of the photo stability of white paper
• Literature research on the topic of photo stability and light induced degradation mechanisms of paper
• Testing of photo stability of art objects from the Kupferstichkabinett and external co-operation partners
• Accompanying investigations of the papers with complimentary analytical instruments
• Documentation and compiling of reports of the analysis and summarizing the results (project report internal report)
• Dissemination and publication of project results on scientific conferences and by peer-review publications

• degree of scientific university education (Master, Magister, Magistra, Diplom (Uni)) in the field of chemistry, physics materials – or conservations science or in a related flied or with respect to the assignment equivalent knowledge and experience
• experience in the treatment and evaluation of data for scientific research

• experience in the field of heritage science studies, preferably proven by publications
• good knowledge of German and English (both at least B2)
• pronounced sense of order and precision
• friendly and service oriented appearance
• distinct capacities for teamwork and communication

The Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz welcomes applications from people of all nationalities. As an interdisciplinary cultural and research institution, the SPK offers family-friendly working conditions and guarantees equality between women and men in accordance with the Federal Equality Act. Severely disabled persons are given special consideration, if they are equally qualified.

Please send your full application materials (letter of application, curriculum vitae, certificates, job references etc.) by e-mail (preferably as an single PDF document), indicating the reference number SMB-RF-1-2020, to the following address by 2. November 2020:

Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Personalabteilung, Sachgebiet I 1 c, Von-der-Heydt-Str. 16-18, 10785 Berlin

If you submit a paper application, please send only copies of original documents, as we cannot return the materials unless you enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Your data will be stored and processed as part of the application process. You can obtain more detailed information here:

Contact person for questions about the scope of responsibilities: Herr Dr. Röhrs (Tel.: 030 - 266 42 7160)
Contact person for questions regarding the application process: Frau Cziha (Tel.: 030 - 266 41 1630)